Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

Eric Nelson, Director of the Outdoor Classroom Project, is available for speaking engagements for a variety of topics on outdoor learning and its benefits for children. Below are samples of recent talks. Eric can be booked for these topics as well as for presentations customized to your center’s or event’s needs. Contact us  for more information.

2017

Orange County CAEYC & The Orange County Reggio Roundtable, Tustin, CA
“The Outdoor Classroom at the Heart of Your Program: Working with Inspiration from Reggio and Others

2014-2016

Please inquire.

2013

Nature Explore/Outdoor Classroom Project National Leadership 3-Day Institute, Nebraska City, NE
Two workshops: “Teacher Engagement” and “Communication and Advocacy”

Children Learning with Nature Conference, Berkeley, CA
Two workshops

Orfalea Foundation’s Outdoor Classroom Conference for Santa Barbara County, Santa Barbara, CA
Keynote and three workshops

Nature Explore/Outdoor Classroom Project Regional Conference, Atlanta, GA
Two workshops

Bright Horizons Regional Training, Thousand Oaks, CA
Keynote workshop

2012

CAEYC State Conference, San Diego, CA
“How to Cultivate Outdoor Classrooms to Support Children’s Research-Proven Skill Development”

2012 Early Childhood Math & Science Institute Pasadena, CA
“The Math and Science Learning Environment of the Outdoor Classroom”

California Head Start Association State Conference, Garden Grove, CA
“Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Enhancing Program Quality by Addressing Nature Deficit Disorder and Seven Critical Challenges Facing Our Children in the 21st Century”

Marin AEYC, Marin, CA
Nine-element full-day conference

Yolo County Office of Education, East Sacramento, CA
Teacher engagement workshop

Utah State University, Logan, UT
Half-day workshop and two site evaluations

Volunteers of America, LA – Early Head Start, North Hollywood, CA
Eight-element full-day conference

Nature Explore/Outdoor Classroom Project National Leadership 3-Day Institute, Nebraska City, NE
Closing workshop: “Communication and Advocacy”

Bishop Indian Head Start, Bishop, CA
Four workshops and site consultation

2011

NAEYC National Conference, Orlando, FL
“Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Creating Optimal Outdoor Learning Environments in Alignment with Recent Research Findings”

Painting the Future Conference, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA
“Restoring the Wonder and Joy of Childhood through the Outdoor Classroom”

CAEYC Fall Forum, Pasadena, CA
“Families as Partners in the Outdoor Classroom Movement: Stories to Share”

Stan and Carolyn Little Conference for Early Childhood Educators, Palm Desert, CA
“Nurturing Life-long Learners through the Wonder and Joy of the Outdoor Classroom”

CRECEF Fall Institute, Long Beach, CA
Keynote and workshop

CRECEF Fall Institute, Santa Monica, CA
Keynote and workshop

Foothill College, Palo Alto, CA
Keynote, two workshops and closing session

East County Child Care Council (Riverside, CA), Palm Desert, CA
Keynote and workshop

First 5 San Joaquin, Stockton, CA
Keynote and two workshops

Bureau of Jewish Education, Woodland Hills, CA
Two workshops

Long Beach Early Childhood Committee, Long Beach, CA
Keynote and workshop

2010

Marin AEYC, Marin, CA
Keynote and two workshops

Yolo County Child Care Planning Council, Woodland, CA
Three one-day sessions of the three-part Outdoor Classroom Specialist Training I series

Colusa County Office of Education – Children’s Services, Colusa, CA
Keynote, two workshops and play yard consultation workshop

Bureau of Jewish Education, Woodland Hills, CA
Two workshops

Child Care Planning Council of Yuba & Sutter Counties, Marysville, CA
Keynote and two workshops